Mum refuses school places at Stantonbury Campus

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TWO children have been off school since December after their mother turned down a place at Stantonbury Campus.

Parvin Siltana moved to Shenley Lodge from Stoke-on-Trent with her two children, aged 11 and 13, in December 2011.

But despite applying for school places at Hazeley Academy, Shenley Brook End and Denbigh, none of the schools could find space for her children.

They were, however, offered a place at Stantonbury Campus, but Ms Siltana turned the offer down without going to look around.

“Stantonbury is not near my house, and I like to drop my children off in the morning and pick them up at night,” she said.

“I cannot afford home schooling, and I cannot get a job with my young children at home.”

As a result, the children have been off school for nearly seven months, and do not have a guaranteed place to start school in September either.

Chris Williams, Principal of Stantonbury Campus, said the school is making dramatic improvements and offers a great education.

“The best way to get to know Stantonbury is to come to visit us,” he said.

“We are always happy to welcome parents and show them around school.

“We are committed to getting the best for and from every one of students and have many former and current students who are really passionate about Stantonbury.

“Standards are rising rapidly and we are developing our students as leaders. We were recently awarded Artsmark Gold for our outstanding work in the arts and our students are national badminton champions.

“We have great facilities, including a theatre, sport and leisure facilities which give students great opportunities and our Halls are like small schools providing the right balance of care and guidance.

“The school has traditionally had no uniform but is currently consulting on dress code.

“Most students stay on into the Sixth Form – 84 per cent in 2011 – and 111 students went onto university last year, including three who gained places at Oxford and Cambridge.”